Honda CMX1100 Rebel cruises ahead

by MotoGusto Editor

New for 2021, the A2 licence-friendly CMX500 Rebel, launched in 2017, now has a bigger, bolder sibling: the CMX1100 Rebel.

By taking the essence of what makes the smaller bike so special and adding more performance, more character and a wealth of Honda’s most advanced technology, it offers a step up – or across from another segment – for a wide range of riders looking for something that extra bit different. It has been designed, deliberately, as a motorcycle with dual personality, equally ready for a leisurely laidback cruise as it is for an exciting ‘blast’ whenever a twisty road presents itself.


Those moving up from smaller bikes will appreciate the Rebel’s manageable dimensions, 700mm seat height and 223kg wet weight; the more experienced will get instant enjoyment from the chassis’ handling potential – with its stiff tubular steel frame, 43mm cartridge-style front forks, piggyback rear shock absorbers and radial-mount four-piston front brake. And all riders will enjoy exploring the character and performance offered by the 1,084cc, parallel twin-cylinder engine (derived from the CRF1100L Africa Twin) which, with 64kW peak power and 98Nm peak torque, features super-strong bottom end and mid-range punch, plus characterful feel and exhaust note.

The big Rebel’s stripped-back style speaks volumes with its minimalism. Steel mudguards front and rear sit atop fat tyres; the circular headlight mixes old school looks with new school LED bulbs and mirrors the round, negative LCD instrument display. The rear seat pad also quickly, and easily, unbolts. Under the surface sit a host of cutting-edge features: Throttle By Wire (TBW) management that adds three default riding modes plus a fourth user-customisable option, three levels of Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC), Wheelie Control, cruise control and the option of Honda’s unique Dual Clutch Transmission for the six-speed gearbox.

This special combination of classic look and the most modern of technologies means the new CMX1100 Rebel offers something refreshingly unique to a market where genuine innovation is hard to come by.

  • All-new CMX1100 Rebel mixes classic aesthetic with cutting-edge technology
  • Ready for laid-back cruising and up-tempo exhilaration  
  • Characterful parallel twin-cylinder engine with 98Nm torque and 64kW power 
  • Fine-handling chassis includes high-quality suspension and brakes
  • Four riding modes, three-level Honda Selectable Torque Control and Wheelie Control
  • Unique Dual Clutch Transmission option available

Expected to be in dealers from March 2021 with pricing from £8,999.

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